In one of the worst cases of rewriting history we’ve ever seen, Rudy Giuliani just claimed in a foreign policy speech that terrorists never successfully committed an act of terrorism on U.S. soil — that is, until that evil Barack HUSSEIN Obama and his malevolent sidekick Hillary Clinton took office eight years ago. Before 2008, the U.S. was fine.
Speaking ahead of Donald Trump’s speech on ISIS and foreign policy in Youngstown, Ohio, Giuliani just completely erased the worst terrorist attack on Sept. 11 that occurred in his backyard and claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people while he was mayor. Facts are pesky things and it’s really inconvenient to remember the attack that occurred under a Republican administration who ignored warnings for months prior to the attack. And obviously, Giuliani has been reading from Trump spox Katrina Pierson’s history book: “Everything is Obama’s fault.”
This is Giuliani’s exact quote:
By the way under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the Untied States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
Video of Rudy saying we didn't "have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the U.S." before Obama: pic.twitter.com/3tC1InfZj0
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 15, 2016
Did he misspeak? Did he forget?
He didn’t forget. Prior to making his insane comment, Giuliani had been talking about VP nominee Mike Pence’s work on the Patriot Act and his visits to Ground Zero after 9/11. So between two sentences, Giuliani spoke about the worst terrorist attack on the U.S. and then attempted to sweep it under the rug and manufacture a lie that terrorism started under Obama with Clinton as Secretary of State.
The Republican amnesia here is astounding. But when comparing the Obama Administration to the Bush Administration it’s easy to see why Republicans would lie — there have been fewer deaths from terrorist acts under the current administration. There have been more isolated attacks under Obama but the death toll from those terrorist-related attacks isn’t even close to what the U.S. experienced in 2001. And while Republicans like to say Bush kept us safe after 9/11, that’s like saying “Lyndon B. Johnson kept us out of war besides Vietnam.” It’s also not true, there were Islamic-related attacks and attempts under Bush as well (Anthrax, UNC shooting, shoebomber, DC Sniper, the shooting at a LAX ticket counter).
This apparently isn’t a new thing for Giuliani. For a while he couldn’t get through a sentence without saying something about 9/11 — hell, the mass murder of Americans in his backyard basically put him on the map. But, when Obama was elected president is when the lying started.
In 2010, after the foiled “underwear bomb” plot was uncovered, Giuliani went on Good Morning, America! to regurgitate the same exact lie:
We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama.
Giuliani received a “Pants on Fire” rating on Politifact for that whopper six years ago, but he’s still trotting out the same bullsh*t today. Back then he said he misspoke and accidentally omitted the phrase “since 9/11.” But today in saying that in the “eight years before Obama came along” he seems to have completely erased it from history.
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